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SIMI activist sentenced to life imprisonment for attacking cops

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

An activist of the SIMI, a banned outfit, was sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday by a special here on multiple counts, including for killing an (ATS) and injuring two other police officials in 2011, the prosecution said.

The activist, identified only as Farhat, was convicted and sentenced by Girish Dixit, Yogesh Tiwari said.

and another accused Zakir, both activists of the (SIMI), were accused of killing ATS and injuring two other policemen on June 3, 2011 in Ratlam, Tiwari said.

Both the assailants were caught on the spot and a pistol was seized from one of them, he added.

A case was registered against them under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder), Tiwari said.

He said the case was later transferred to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in for trial as the firing on the policemen was treated as a "terror attack".

The trial was conducted through video-conferencing, Tiwari said.

Zakir was among the eight activists who were killed by the police after they escaped from the high-security Central Jail in 2016, he added.

After taking into account the evidence submitted by the prosecution, the court awarded life imprisonment to for killing and also imposed a fine of Rs 2,000 on him, Tiwari said.

was also sentenced to life imprisonment for attempting to and sub-inspector Manish Dube, he said, adding that a total fine of Rs 4,000 was imposed on him.

Farhat was awarded another life imprisonment under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Tiwari said.

The third accused in the case, Nizamuddin, was acquitted by the court for lack of evidence, he added.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 22:05 IST